Jason Berken grew up in De Pere, WI and was a standout three sport high school athlete in baseball, basketball, and football. Throughout his high school career he was a four time varsity letterman in baseball and three time letterman in football and basketball. He accumulated several honors and awards – most notably he was twice voted an All-Conference, All-District, and All-Area player. In addition, as a senior, he was the Press Gazette Player of the Year and Gatorade State Player of the Year.
In the spring of his senior year of high school, Jason accepted a baseball scholarship to Clemson University. At that time, Clemson was rated the #1 collegiate team in Division 1 baseball. In his four years at Clemson, Jason compiled an 18-6 record with a 3.03 ERA. He was voted Team Captain twice and was an All-ACC Performer his junior year.
In 2006, Jason was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 6th round (175th overall) of the MLB draft. After just over two years in the Orioles minor league system, Jason made his MLB debut on May 26, 2009 against the Toronto Blue Jays. He earned his first Major League victory that night as he pitched five innings, giving up two runs. In his rookie season, he compiled 119 innings over 24 starts – the 5th most starts by a rookie in the Orioles franchise history. Over the next four seasons, Jason accumulated a 10-20 record, with a 5.36 ERA in 110 appearances with the Orioles and Cubs.
Jason has been a member of the Orioles, Cubs, White Sox, Giants, Phillies, and Blue Jays organizations.
At Berken Baseball, we believe involvement in our programs can be instrumental in the development of our athletes both on and off the field. We pride ourselves on excellent baseball instruction, as well as equipping our athletes with the “non-tangibles” of life -- sportsmanship, respect, self confidence, and the importance of success in the classroom.
Our goal is for our athletes to excel both on the field and in their communities.